LAFAYETTE - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Graduate School has a new dean.

David Breaux, formerly associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts at Mississippi State University, begins Monday, according to a ULL news release.

Breaux’s appointment is pending approval by the UL System Board of Supervisors, which meets Aug. 26.

Breaux replaces C. Eddie Palmer, who retired earlier this summer.

In the release, Breaux said he plans to explore the needs of the community before moving forward with plans to grow the university’s Graduate School.

The university offers six Ph.D. programs, one doctorate in education program and 19 master’s programs, according to the Graduate School website.

In fall 2010, 1,457 graduate students enrolled in classes and the count grew to 1,502 in the spring, according to university data.

“I think there are groups of potential graduate students in Acadiana,” Breaux stated. “How can we reach out to them? Perhaps the delivery of courses may need to be a mix of on-campus offerings with online classes. We’ll see how we can help.”

At Mississippi State, Breaux was also a professor of political science and while head of the department, implemented a new doctoral program in public policy and administration, the release stated.

He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in political science from the University of New Orleans.

A native of Houma, he received his bachelor’s degree in government at Nicholls State University.